Duty done Reflections on more than a decade as a Brock Trustee

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In a few days’ time, Brock University’s Board of Trustees will launch its 2018-19 cycle of meetings, with some new faces at the table. And for the first time in 11 years, I won’t be among them.I remember another September, in 2007, when I first joined Brock’s Board. I was President of Nycomed Pharma in Oakville, still four years from retiring from full-time employment. A Brock alumnus from Biological Sciences (1969-73), I had a long-time affection for the University, and understood its importance to the welfare of this region.My route to the Board was facilitated by my relationship with Ian Brindle. He’d been my lab instructor in 1971-72, and by the time we reconnected he was Vice-President, Research. He asked me for some suggestions regarding a new science building, which would eventually become reality as the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.As I reflect on my time on the Board, some highlights quickly come to mind. I got to work with three great Presidents: Jack Lightstone, Tom Traves and Gervan Fearon.Jack is a builder. During his tenure, we added or completed numerous major projects, including the Plaza Building, the Cairns Complex and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Performing Arts. He also attracted a lot of capital and generous gifts to Brock, including the Goodman endowment, Marilyn I. Walker’s donation and the gift from Roy Cairns.Tom came in as a fixer, a mature voice of reason after a difficult situation. His extensive experience at Dalhousie University and his solid, down-to-earth solid leadership had a calming effect, right when Brock needed it.And now Gervan has quickly demonstrated a strong grasp of what Brock requires, and has a warm outreaching style, that resonates well with everyone.I also worked with great Board Chairs, including Norris Walker, the late David Howes, Rudi Kroeker and my very dear friend, the late Joe Robertson. It was my time serving as Joe’s vice-chair that gave me the experience and knowledge to become Board Chair in my own right. And now my successor, Gary Comerford, is an excellent Chair.Joining the Brock Board can be intimidating. There’s a lot to learn and know, not least being how to manoeuvre in the bicameral governance system. But I soon found that the Board has three crucial, primary responsibilities:Ensure the organization is well led, by a strong President and Vice-Presidents;Ensure the financial house is in order; andMonitor the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan.The first two have been accomplished to a very high level, and No. 3 is now in progress, given that a thorough strategic plan was missing upon Gervan’s arrival.Asked about what suggestions I would share with the next generation of Trustees, I’d say:Never back away from the Board’s mandate to insist on balanced budgetsLeadership matters, and a leadership culture needs to be created and nurtured, not just in administration but across the academy, in Deans and Department Chairs. As well, the hiring process for VPs and above needs to be revamped and simplified.The students are central to everything, they are the raison d’etre for all employees and Trustees.Integrity matters a lot and needs to be insisted upon at all levels in the academy.Celebrate success, and strive beyond what has been to what can be. Brock needs to have ambitious aspirations, well beyond the current period and into 2100+.It has been my honour to serve the University, especially my three years as Board Chair. Brock today is stronger than when I arrived, due in part to the efforts of the great Board of Trustees and a highly functioning administration. I am excited about the future, about what Brock can become for Niagara and Ontario and the world, and I will always follow Brock’s progress with great interest and pride.Thank you for this great opportunity. Surgite!John Suk was a member of the Brock University Board of Trustees from 2007-18, and served as Board Chair from 2014-17. He concluded his final term on the Board earlier this summer.

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first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I must have been getting sleepy last night as I made an error in posting at the 10:05 pm above posting. I meant to post AA, the state attorney prosecutor that is in the news, not the attorney general, as I posted, in mistake. Sorry. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Mama Mia Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSGreg Jackson Previous articleFaith communities provide hope for the homelessNext articleA violent weekend in South Apopka concludes with two shootings Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia April 2, 2017 at 10:05 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here If Republican was my party choice, I would be crying for sure, the way Trump administration is going! Ana Centeno April 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm Reply Please enter your name here April 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm The Anatomy of Fear center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply April 3, 2017 at 8:19 am I support the governor on this issue, who wants to remove her permanently, but I don’t support his latest tactic to cut her office budget harshly and the 21 jobs, is what I believe I read. That is going too far, and will only hurt victim’s families seeking justice, but I know now who’s idea that was, he who is from Seminole Co. and that figures! If this is one of the things you possibly could be in disagreement with the Democrats on, Greg. No one is going to agree on everything anyway, especially the death penalty. Reply April 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm Mama Mia 5 COMMENTS Her name is Aramis Ayala. Attorney General Aramis Ayala has not broken any laws with her decision of not seeking the death penalty on murder cases that she will prosecute. Anyone has the right to opine but accusations need to be proven. Please go to Florida State book of laws and prove to the people of Florida that her decision is unlawful. Her only mistake was to go public with her plans. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Reply I would not worry about it Greg unless you are hoping to be a member of the electoral college, LOL. I am not sure who you are referring to in the Democrat party or what issues you are referring to, but I highly suspect it is AA the attorney general who is apparently enjoying her new found fame and challenging the laws of Florida. I read everyday where the Democrat party, generally speaking, supports her, but I don’t! Is there a litmus test to be a Democrat?OpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Greg JacksonQuestion: Did anyone get the memo stating that when you register with a political party you must leave your personal beliefs, morals, common sense and opinions at the door? Well, many Democrats, such as myself, have learned that if you do not agree with the direction, leadership or agenda of the party, it is best that you keep quiet or risk being ostracized by party hardliners who oftentimes are found in leadership at the local level. If you voice an opinion that differs from the party’s, no matter if it is based on credible evidence or common sense, you may even be considered “not-a-real-Democrat.” I have learned that when weak or unethical Democrats, who are supported by party “insiders,” run for elected office, you better support them even if their moral and/or ethical shortcomings conflict with your own. If you opt, instead to stand on principal, there is a very good likelihood that you will be considered a troublemaker or even worse marked as a Republican, which in Democrat-speak is next to the worst thing on the planet Earth. Admittedly, the scenarios I am describing are typically based on the actions of the hardcore members of the party. For the most part, Democrats (conservative, moderate, etc.) do not agree with everything the party stands for and will seek common ground with members of other parties to get things done. These efforts to work together are actually very healthy for the future growth of the party. However, the unfortunate reality is that for the most part, the hardcore element of the party is typically the most vocal and garner the most attention. (NOTE: I fully recognize that these same sentiments are felt in the Republican, Libertarian, Green Parties, etc.).As the political landscape changes in Orange County, it is undeniable that the number of Republican voters is declining while Democratic voters’ numbers are inching up slightly. That for the most part is due to the Democratic party spending considerably more time with voter registration. These efforts, help to “pack-the-field” with more democratic minded voters who, when called upon, for the most part will go to the polls and vote for a Democrat. However, what cannot be ignored is that the fastest growing political party in Orange County and across the State is arguably N.P.A., which stands for Non-Party Affiliates. It appears that as party loyalist seek to make it mandatory for its members to blindly follow but not question, people are looking to go to a party where they can speak and vote freely.What parties seem to forget is that politics is merely a process, not a definition of who we are as individuals. In my experience, when people are asked about the things that are most important to them, the order is typically: God, family, country, etc. If they were to become robots of a political party, the list would be: party affiliation, party agenda, party elected officials, and I think you get where I am going. My point is this, first and foremost, in the context of political importance, we are Americans. Our votes, focus and support should, and would be better spent, going with those candidates and ideas that will keep our country at the top of the list of being the greatest country ever to be in existence. Next, parties need to understand that constructive disagreements help us to all become stronger, as a party and as a nation. In the midst of disagreement there is always a happy median, a place where we can work together to better our communities. Next, speaking against the position of a candidate or elected official in your own party is actually healthy and can result in better leadership and support. That is because the ability to recognize shortcomings and honestly addressing those things lends credibility to the party. Instead of being seen as a robot or puppet, you will be viewed as a fair-minded person people can trust to give honest assessments and opinions. Interestingly, Community leaders are always encouraging people “if you see something, say something.” That same concept should be encouraged in politics to help ensure that we get candidates and elected officials who will best serve our communities and collective interest, which is important to the survival and betterment of our nationGreg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat.last_img

‘$25m donated online by over 368,000 donors in one week’

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Barnardos Ireland appoints AMA in DRTV campaign

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